Sunday, September 5, 2010

Wanting Too Much Too Soon

Handmade Artists who do not feel successful seem to run into a common obstacle, mostly self-created. The good news is that the barrier has a remedy that you already have within your grasp.
Obstacle: Wanting Too Much Too Soon
  • Handmade Artists tend to be unrealistic about what is possible in a certain time frame and are impatient about the results they are getting.
  •  They want to sell immediately, sometimes before they even have a signature style.
  • They are not always open to critiques/suggestions about being more productive, creating work in different styles or creating multiples of their work to have more pieces available.
  •  They do not put in the hours. They are not consistent about what they do or how they do it, so their career never gains momentum.

The Remedy:
  • Be clear about where you are before you decide where you want to go. What amount of time do you have in your current schedule for production, listing, marketing, shipping, and paperwork? How will you make a change?
  • Once you are clear, decide where you want to be in your handmade career. Now look at the gap between your shop/sales today and where you’d like to be. Work backwards and write down the steps you need to take to get there. Then start taking one step at a time. Be realistic about what you can take on so that you can see progress and feel success as you build your handmade market place.

My task this week:  I’m working on better photos for my Etsy Shop this week.  Here are some examples of my original (left) and new (right) photos. Drop me a line and critique my new photos. Thanks!

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  1. There is always something that needs improvement isn't there? And finding the time to do it? Whew....The new photos are fabulous! What an improvement!!!! Keep up the good work!

  2. I love your blog!

    Have a nice time!

  3. Amy and Paula, Thank you for the kind words and encouragement. It means a lot to me!